Category: Ireland Summer 2007

Trip to Ireland: Dublin, Cork, Beara, Killaloe

Killaloe: July 11-13

The road to Killaloe began with the dramatic scenery offered from the Caha Pass (N71): stony, mist-wrapped mountains plunging to green dales, blue peaks in the distance. You could almost hear the pipes calling. Coming and calming down off the hills, we came to Kenmare (another Tidy Town winner!) on market day. Plenty of traffic, […]

Driving & the Beara Peninsula-July 7-10

Took possession of a Peugeot rental at the airport, avoiding street traffic, thank God. Larry is left-side driving a manual, and I am co-pilot. Nina is holding her breath in the back seat. The first 20km are a body-tensing experience, navigating the roundabouts, the narrow roads, the hedgerows, and the other drivers (who are very […]

Cork: July 5 & 6

Our brief encounter with Cork was engaging. After the three hour train ride from Dublin, we were whisked up to our hotel by a cabbie whose English was pretty unintelligible-okay, let the adventure begin! Our hotel, on a hill,a former hospice for Protestants, was a tarted-up Victorian brick building. Great views, and a healthy walk […]

Dublin-fast impressions

We’ve been here for 5 days, experiencing the Celtic Tiger, Irish weather, Irish hospitality, Irish food, and the usual travelers’ dilemnas: what to see, how to get there, when to eat. The Tiger At €8.65 ($12) per hour, the minimum wage reflects the high cost of living here. We are having the enlightening experience of […]

Beara Peninsula

Here is a map of the Beara Peninsula, County Cork, Ireland, where my family & I will be spending some time this summer. We plan to hike, swim, bike and kayak as we take in Irish history and atmosphere. I am particularly interested in music, archaeology, landscape, and how people live on the land and […]